Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 10/11/13

By October 11, 2013
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Film

Set to pair nicely alongside The Station Agent in future Dinklage-themed double features, an upcoming comedy written by Bad Words’ Andrew Dodge will see the Game of Thrones star as a man who tells people he is a leprechaun. Said to be similar in tone to Bad Santa, the film is set to reside in “deep R territory”.

Dominic Cooper could be next in line to take over the abandoned lead for that long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic.

Girls’ Alex Karpovsky will road trip for Folk Hero & Funny Guy, which would see him starring as the aspiring comedian of the title.

Willem Dafoe will be reprising his role of Gil for the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory.

Jason Isaacs, continuing his excellent string of post-Potter roles, has just signed on to the Brad Pitt-starring Fury, directed by David Ayers.

Chris Pine may soon be in talks to star as one of the horrible bosses in the sequel to 2011’s Horrible Bosses.

Jennifer Ehle is in talks to star as Dakota Johnson’s mother in the Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed ‘50 Shades of Grey’ adaptation.

Brenton Thwaites’ thief will align himself with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Horus in Alex Proya’s Gods of Egypt.

The Fantastic Four reboot has had a few leaked names for actors that Fox is eyeing for auditions to star.

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Image’s ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’ is heading to the big screen via Fox, who has brought on board Harry Potter’s David Yates to direct, with offers for writers soon to follow.

Doug Liman is in talks to take over directing duties for Narco Sub, whose former director was the late Tony Scott.

Short Term 12’s Destin Daniel Cretton is in negotiations to direct, as well as rewrite, the currently in-development Jennifer Lawrence vehicle Glass Castle, which is based off of a 2005 memoir by the same name.

Neal Bascomb’s secretive Sabatoge has just been acquired by Michael Bay for him to develop and possibly direct.

V for Vendetta’s James McTeigue is all set to helm Survivor, a thriller set to star Angela Bassett, Pierce Brosnan, Milla Jovovich and Emma Thompson.

Oliver Stone has thrown his considerable weight behind Charles Burnett’s biopic about Algeria’s Emir Abd el-Kader.

Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers, a documentary about high profile thieves currently making the rounds abroad, is being eyed by Danny Boyle as the inspiration for his next feature.

Period dress and modern English will be at the heart of Alex Timbers’ revisionist ‘Romeo and Juliet’ film, Rosaline, which will center on the spurned former love of Romeo, as written by (500) Days of Summer’s Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

The Lone Ranger’s Terry Rossio has been hired as the screenwriter for Masters of the Universe, which no longer has a director.

Disney’s Maleficent is going into reshoot mode, with John Lee Hancock having been brought in to tweak the film’s beginning.

Television and Streaming

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Halle Berry will be starring as a recently returned astronaut in CBS’ Extant, which has already received a 13 episode order from up high and will be premiering next year.

Amy Poehler apparently has a brother, and his sitcom Welcome to Sweden, which will shoot abroad and feature local talent, has been picked up by NBC.

Peter Fonda will be guesting on Lifetime’s HR pilot, with an option to become a recurring character, should the show go to series.

2011’s Bradley Cooper-starring Limitless will be adapted into a series soon, with the film’s star on board as executive producer.

National Geographic has given the greenlight to its first scripted program, which will be an adaptation of 2012’s Navy SEAL film Act of Valor.

CBS has given the go to a pilot for More Time With Family, which is set to star Tom Papa and be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this season’s most popular new show, has been given the order for 9 more episodes, which will clock the show’s first season to ‘full’ at an official 22.

Steve Carrell and Fox are bringing us all 8 episodes of Slide Show, a reality show which will see celebrities and comedians competing over challenges on a 22.5 degree-agled floor.

Trial of the Century, which would unfold through the eyes of a young Latina lawyer, is currently being developed by 24’s Howard Gordon and Evan Katz.

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Jacob Hayman
Jacob's stomach often hurts and his mind often races. He prefers a good drink and chat to most other things in life, his OkCupid is far more active than his Twitter, and Brazil, Gremlins 2, Magnolia, Pather Panchali, and Roman Holiday are his favorite films. He lives in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised, and constantly considers taking up welding.